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, they want this guy. they want tea party birther guy steve king. steve king polls way ahead of his next closest primary challenger. the more moderate republican congressman tom latham. steve king ahead by 17 points in that republican primary matchup when you look at the polls. of course, when you put steve king up against the likely winner of the democratic primary, and you actually poll the whole state, all likely midterm voters in iowa, steve king, the tea party birther king guy loses to democratic congressman bruce braley. but just counter factual here, let's say the wacky tea party guy, the birther steve king guy didn't run off with the primary, look what happens when you poll statewide among likely voters and ask them to choose between the not steve king guy and the democrat, actually, the republican guy wins. in other words, the whole state of iowa would rather have the more moderate republican guy. but if you do not give them that choice in the general election, if republicans decide that what they're offering is just the birther guy, just the wingnut tea party guy and a democrat
that iowa republicans first choice for their open seat does remain congressman steve king. congressman steve king, seen here in this footage, demonstrating on the floor of the house how he thinks that immigrants should be electrocuted just like livestock. the announcement from karl rove's money machine a few days ago that they would try to stop candidates like steve king and paul broun from continuing to cost the republican party seats in the u.s. senate. the reaction to that announcement on the right was immediately and uniformly and vociferously hostile. how dare karl rove and his money guys try to do any such thing. and so yes, paul broun and steve king may be the prototypical examples of the kind of off the cooke end candidates that karl rove and the big money guys do not want in republican politics, because those are the kind of guys that lose senate seats that are otherwise winnable. but karl rove and his money guys kind of stand alone in that assessment. the rest of the party wants that. they want those guys. and they want it not naively. they know what they are getting. steve king an
, right? joining us now is steve clemons with the new america foundation. steve writes at the "atlantic" magazine where he's washington editor at large. steve thanks so much for being here. >> good to be with you, rachel. >> in that face-off between john mccain and chuck hagel we're obviously seeing a great difference in temperament, a great difference in focus. but how do you -- a, how do you judge that face off? but how also do you compare the way these two men view the bush-era wars in afghanistan and iraq? what's the difference between them? >> well, a couple of things. first of all, chuck hagel probably deserves another purple heart after today's hearing. and i think the other thing you saw, two great heroes, two titans of american senatorial politics really, john mccain and chuck hagel, who ripped apart over a very principal difference about deploying men and women in iraq. and that is i think really the crux of it. i don't think hagel wanted to tell john mccain that oh, your policy may have appeared cosmetically to succeed in a really failed war that didn't move the dial and if y
own party to move on reform. joining us now is steve kornacki, the co-host of msnbc's "the cycle." he is a senior writer for salon.com. good to see you. >> good to see you too. so i was trying to make the case there in the previous segment that the volume of political action to keep gun reform in the news and viable shows that they are cognizant, that reformers are cognizant of the way it's petered out in the past. they're trying to do something . do you think it is qualitatively different? >> i think it's quantitatively different, too. if you look at mentions of gun control in news articles, what you see in the pass is after mass shooting tragedy, after a t week, two weeks, it's gone. still more than 50% more than a month of this, that's different than in the past. if you look at tracking social media, tweets involving gun control, second amendment, nra, things like, there they actually have been spiking weeks out from sandy hook. january 9th when obama announced the task force, january 16th. these terms are trending now. that suggests there's engagement here but it's also among the
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